The Origins of TroubleBro. David Chancellor
3/7/2004 11:00 AM
From whence come wars and fightings among you? come they not hence, even of your lusts that war in your members? Ye lust, and have not: ye kill, and desire to have, and cannot obtain: ye fight and war, yet ye have not, because ye ask not.
Where do troubles come from? As far as the world is concerned, it is like it is for a reason. We believe the world is going down the wrong path; that things are getting worse, not better. The reason is the condition of men's hearts. James was trying to get to the root of the matter.
As God's people, we should realize that there is help in Christ for the problems. Some people feel the problems in the world come from religion. James was showing them that the problems go back to desires. We need to guard against some desires that would work trouble.
The trouble in the Middle East isn't just about religion, but it is about the desire for land.
The things that come from within will determine how our lives will go.
1 Timothy 6:3-11
If any man teach otherwise, and consent not to wholesome words, even the words of our Lord Jesus Christ, and to the doctrine which is according to godliness; He is proud, knowing nothing, but doting about questions and strifes of words, whereof cometh envy, strife, railings, evil surmisings, Perverse disputings of men of corrupt minds, and destitute of the truth, supposing that gain is godliness: from such withdraw thyself. But godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out. And having food and raiment let us be therewith content. But they that will be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and hurtful lusts, which drown men in destruction and perdition. For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows. But thou, O man of God, flee these things; and follow after righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, meekness.
Paul was encouraging Timothy in the right direction. Here he was pointing out a problem of humanity. Men fuss about words. We should look to Christ and stick with him. The money isn't the root of all evil. It's the love of money that is the root of all evil. The wrong love in the heart produces the wrong things. Good things are produced when the love of God is within. The love of money is not a problem of the rich only, but it also is a problem for poor people who want to be rich. The desire to be rich gets people into all kinds of trouble. People that love money will do all kinds of things to get money, whether they need it or not. It brings many evil desires.
The "creed of greed" is on both sides of the election. Both sides are playing to people's greed. A lot goes on after the love of money that is wrong and bad. When the love of money gets into religion, it's bad. Men can have lots of money, but it doesn't mean that they're godly. A lot of good could be done with what God has provided. People don't seem to realize that covetousness is wrong. Can you be content with what God has provided? Can you use what God has given you to help others?
The love of money stems from the depraved nature. Man needs something worked on him if he would avoid having his life be the source of evil. We need to love the right things, or else our lives will be full of trouble. You need to get to the root of the problem. Realize that something within needs to be dealt with. Getting someone else to do the dirty work doesn't change the root of the problem. Have a love for God and right. Make sure it's on what it should be and not on something else.
For I know that my redeemer liveth, and that he shall stand at the latter day upon the earth: And though after my skin worms destroy this body, yet in my flesh shall I see God: Whom I shall see for myself, and mine eyes shall behold, and not another; though my reins be consumed within me. But ye should say, Why persecute we him, seeing the root of the matter is found in me? Be ye afraid of the sword: for wrath bringeth the punishments of the sword, that ye may know there is a judgment.
This shows the importance of seeing the matter as it is. He makes the point, "Even if I die and my body is totally destroyed, I'll have a body and will stand before God." We will stand before God. This is why it is so important that we get to the root of the matter and make sure that things are right between us and God. When we stand before God, we'll be the ones answering for ourselves and our actions. What someone else did or didn't do isn't the issue.
These guys were throwing all kinds of accusations at Job. They believed the "gain is godliness" message. When you're going to "fuss" with others, you need to stop, instead, and examine how things are with you. What are you doing? The source of trouble is with me. Examine yourself. Check to see if you have wrong desires at work in you. Check to see if all is clear between you and God. Ask, "What's in me? What's it producing? How are things between me and God?" The one who loves money is out to get rich. The other type of person is out to serve. The wrong love in the heart won't produce good. The question is, "What is in me?" If things aren't what they should be, we need to get things made right, and prepare for that day. When that day comes, we want to have chosen goodness and God. Prepare for the judgment. Let Jesus root out the things that are wrong.